Fixing Dark or Underexposed Photos

Fixing Dark or Underexposed Photos

By Roger Wambolt

A common issue in photography is having your images turn out too dark (underexposed) or too bright (overexposed). It can be very frustrating when a perfectly composed, perfectly timed shot doesn’t have the right lighting and seems destined for the trash bin. But don’t hit “delete” just yet – these issues can easily be fixed in PaintShop Pro. In this tutorial we’ll look at 2 ways you can adjust the light levels in your photos, and salvage your underexposed photos with a fill light.

The term Fill Light or Fill Flash refers to a light source that is used to “fill in” the shadow area of an image. Picture your subject being lit from behind. It can create almost a silhouette effect, and many details will be lost. To bring back that detail, a fill light is required. See how to adjust the Fill Light and Clarity settings to brighten and sharpen your dark photo, and how to use the Fill Flash tool to adjust the strength and saturation.

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  • Bonnie Reply

    Thank-you! Easy to follow and understand!

    July 1, 2019 at 2:11 pm
  • Babbs Reply

    Thank you for this tut. It help me on my PSP journey!

    March 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm

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